“Being underweight or having below-normal body fat has been associated with low bone mass and an increased risk of hip fracture,” says Felicia Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
That’s because having too little body fat interferes with the production of estrogens, which negatively affects bone mass.
Also, very thin women don’t have enough weight bearing on their bones to spur them to grow and remain strong, says Dr Cosman.
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